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Message ID: 8689
Date: 2010-11-08

Author:Rauktis, Mary E Murphy

Subject:developmental tasks, adolescence and out of home care

Dear fellow CMR listserve members: I have been analyzing data from a qualitative study of youth in out of home care and their conceptualization of restriction of living environment. In order to better understand the findings, I have been reading about behavioral autonomy as a fundamental critical task for adolescents. However, theories of adolescent development and critical tasks seem to have been based on adolescents who have NOT been in out of home care for any length of time. The experience of children and adolescents who had been or are in out of home care is different and the theories are applicable in most aspects : however, I wonder if this experience impacts how and when youth achieve developmental milestones and manage the tasks? I've been reading Laurence Steinberg's work on "typical" adolescent development of autonomy but I’m not having much luck in finding other research that includes youth who have experienced out of home care. I’d appreciate any assistance in pointing me towards studies or if you are aware of individuals who are doing research to confirm or revise the theory about the critical developmental tasks in adolescence taking into account periods of out of home care. Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated. In addition, feel free to tell me that I’m barking up the wrong theoretical tree. Thanks in advance, Sincerely, Mary Beth Rauktis Mary Beth Rauktis Ph.D. Child welfare training and research program The University of Pittsburgh 2326 Cathedral of Learning Pittsburgh PA 15260 412 648 1225 Mar104@pitt.edu Mary E Rauktis Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Child Welfare Education and Research Program office 412.648.1225 personal 412 716 9061 fax 412.624.1159 mar104@pitt.edu www.socialwork.pitt.edu

Dear fellow CMR listserve members: I have been analyzing data from a qualitative study of youth in out of home care and their conceptualization of restriction of living environment. In order to better understand the findings, I have been reading about behavioral autonomy as a fundamental critical task for adolescents. However, theories of adolescent development and critical tasks seem to have been based on adolescents who have NOT been in out of home care for any length of time. The experience of children and adolescents who had been or are in out of home care is different and the theories are applicable in most aspects : however, I wonder if this experience impacts how and when youth achieve developmental milestones and manage the tasks? I've been reading Laurence Steinberg's work on "typical" adolescent development of autonomy but I’m not having much luck in finding other research that includes youth who have experienced out of home care. I’d appreciate any assistance in pointing me towards studies or if you are aware of individuals who are doing research to confirm or revise the theory about the critical developmental tasks in adolescence taking into account periods of out of home care. Any thoughts or ideas are greatly appreciated. In addition, feel free to tell me that I’m barking up the wrong theoretical tree. Thanks in advance, Sincerely, Mary Beth Rauktis Mary Beth Rauktis Ph.D. Child welfare training and research program The University of Pittsburgh 2326 Cathedral of Learning Pittsburgh PA 15260 412 648 1225 Mar104pitt.edu Mary E Rauktis Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor The University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Child Welfare Education and Research Program office 412.648.1225 personal 412 716 9061 fax 412.624.1159 mar104pitt.edu www.socialwork.pitt.edu